They think the speech is all over - it is now! March couple celebrate 50 years since tying the knot - on the day England won the World Cup

Cutting the cake in 1966. Anthony and Helen Chandler celebrate their 50th wedding anniversaryy - the

Cutting the cake in 1966. Anthony and Helen Chandler celebrate their 50th wedding anniversaryy - they married on World Cup final day in 1966 - Credit: Archant

It is 1966, a young couple have tied the knot and the best man is in the middle of his speech - when a cheer goes up among the wedding guests to celebrate the first and last time England won the World Cup.

Cutting tuhe cake in 2016. Anthony and Helen Chandler celebrate their 5oth wedding anniversaryy - th

Cutting tuhe cake in 2016. Anthony and Helen Chandler celebrate their 5oth wedding anniversaryy - they marreid on World Cup final day in 1966 - Credit: Archant

Anthony Chandler, the former vicar of St Peter’s Church in March and St Mary’s Church in Westry, and wife Helen had no idea when they booked their big day 50 years ago that it would clash with one of the country’s finest sporting moments.

Nor did the cousin, who not only gave Helen away that day, but also gave away his ticket to the big game in Wembley so that he could perform the important duty in place of Helen’s father who died when she was 16.

Helen said: “Guests were waiting in the church porch listening to the game on their transistor radios and then later at the reception in the church hall porch to check what was happening.

“My brother in law was in the middle of thanking the bridesmaids when the game went into extra time and the word went round that we had won which sent up a big hooray.

Anthony and Helen Chandler celebrate their 5oth wedding anniversaryy - they marreid on World Cup fin

Anthony and Helen Chandler celebrate their 5oth wedding anniversaryy - they marreid on World Cup final day in 1966 - Credit: Archant


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“Anthony taught PE at that time so you would think he would know that it may clash with the world cup games but back then it wasn’t the same hyped up occasion that it is today.”

England won 4-2 after extra time beating West Germany shortly after Anthony and Helen tied the knot in a ceremony at Faversham Parish Church in Kent.

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The couple celebrated 50 years since taking their vows by hosting two parties for family, friends and members of St Mary’s Church congregation.

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